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Policy framing and learning the lessons from the UK's foot and mouth disease crisis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neil Ward, Dr Andrew Donaldson, Professor Philip Lowe


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The 2001 foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemic cost over £8 billion and wreaked havoc upon the British countryside. The paper examines the institutional response to the crisis and the subsequent inquiries. Drawing on the 'garbage-can model' of organisational choice and ideas of 'policy framing', it argues that the institutional response to FMD was tightly focused on agricultural interests. Subsequently, a compartmentalised approach to lesson learning has been partial in its coverage. The result is that important lessons, of a more holistic and integrated nature, have been overlooked despite the replacement of the Ministry of Agriculture with a new Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ward N, Donaldson A, Lowe P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Year: 2004

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

Pages: 291-306

Print publication date: 01/04/2004

ISSN (print): 0263-774X

ISSN (electronic):

Publisher: Pion


DOI: 10.1068/c0209s


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